Residents at Jarlette's Avalon Care Centre help those in need through milk bag projects

residents hold up mats made of milk bagsEarlier this year, Avalon Care Centre's Spiritual Care Advisor, Virginia Mees, gathered a team of residents at the long-term care home to take part in a “Milk Bag Project.” 

Residents involved with the projects have produced and completed nine milk bag mats which have now been sent off to be re-distributed to the poorest of the poor in the world.

The mats were made from bags collected from the Avalon dietary staff, families and staff donations. To complete the nine mats, approximately 2,700 to 3,600 bags were collected and used.

a staff member helps a resident make a milk bag matA pillow was also added to each completed mat made from sewn fabric scraps and unused milk bag scraps, ensuring no materials were wasted.  

Did you know?
Canadian Milk Bags do not disintegrate. They are strong, do not retain moisture and have a life span of 25 years. They are also UV-ray resistant, washable and very colorful.

In photos (top to bottom): residents Nick, Veda, Frances and Joan show off their hard work and hold up completed milk bag mats; a staff member works with one of the residents to complete a mat.